Dear Members of UKI PRME,
I am pleased to bring to you our December edition of engagement opportunities and tools and resources from the UN Global Compact UK Network open to the UKI PRME Chapter at no cost. Please share these offerings with your colleagues and networks.
UN Global Compact Network UK Engagement Opportunities
NEW! Disabilities, Neurodiversity, & OSH – Tuesday 12 December, 10am to 11:30am GMT
Health and safety policies should never be used as a false excuse to justify discrimination against employees with a disability or long-term health condition. With more than seven million people of working age with a disability or long-term health condition in the UK, understanding the benefits to inclusive occupational health and safety policies is crucial and must include considerations for those with disabilities or who are neurodivergent. With support from International SOS, the UN Global Compact Network UK is delivering a four-part webinar series which will support businesses to level up their OSH agendas and incorporate issues relating to mental health, gender, and disabilities.
Collecting Scope 3 Data Webinar Series – February 2024
The UN Global Compact Network UK is hosting a four-part webinar series to support businesses to efficiently collect Scope 3 emissions data from across their value chain. This series will explore how companies can collect Scope 3 data using a variety of tools, surveys, and software and will feature case studies and insights from businesses on good practice in this area. The series will cover four key themes over the course of one month, including:
Supplier Engagement – Thursday 1 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT
Upstream Emissions – Thursday 8 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT
Downstream Emissions – Thursday 15 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT
Employee Engagement – Thursday 22 February, 10am to 11:30am GMT
You can learn more and register here.
Global Engagement Opportunities
The Call-to-Action urges governments to underscore anti-corruption and good governance as fundamental pillars of a sustainable and inclusive global economy and embrace them as important tenets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be submitted at the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption, to serve as the basis for governments’ discussions and decisions.
You can find more information about the campaign and sign the Call-to-Action here. Signatories will be provided with communications assets to promote their support.
If you have any further questions, contact Erin Sharpe, Governance & SDGs Project Manager.
11th Briefing on Regulatory Trends in the European Union and at the International Level – Monday 11 December, 1pm to 2pm GMT *
The regulatory frameworks governing corporate actions in the context of sustainability and corporate responsibility issues are rapidly evolving. After a long period mainly shaped by industry self-regulation, companies now face comprehensive expectations, detailed both in soft law standards and – increasingly – hard law. Join the Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein and ECOFACT AG for a briefing call which will update you on what to expect from the European Union and from international standard setters.
Learn more and register here.
* Please note this event is organised by the UN Global Compact Network Switzerland & Liechtenstein.
Tools and Resources
The UN Global Compact Network UK has launched the SDG Playbook for SMEs, the go-to guide for smaller companies to unlock the competitive advantages of embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs remain the greatest catalyst for global action. Companies, no matter how big or small, need to raise their sustainability ambitions to the standards laid out by the SDGs.
The SDG Playbook for SMEs, produced in partnership with Irwin Mitchell, provides the building blocks for small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate the SDGs into core business functions. Whether you’re a small business at the start of your journey, or a large multinational engaging smaller companies in your supply chain, take action today to future-proof your business.
You can download the report here.
The world is at a pivotal moment. At the midpoint to 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are in peril. If trends continue, none of the goals will be reached. An outsized impact is needed — and a blueprint for change is here. The SDG Stocktake, produced by Accenture in partnership with the UN Global Compact, offers an appraisal of the private sector contributions to the SDGs thus far and charts out a detailed path for businesses to make an accelerated impact ahead of 2030.
You can download the report and a key takeaways infographic here.
Spread awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and demonstrate your commitment to the 2030 agenda with our SDG lapel pins and SDG flags!
SDG pins are sold in packs of 20 for £45 including UK shipping and can be ordered from the UN Global Compact Network UK website here.
SDG flags are made of fully recycled material and can be purchased for £45 including UK shipping on our website here.
Join us by working #TogetherForTheSDGs all year round.
Past Webinar Recordings
For those who missed out the first time, there are a host of past webinar recordings available on the UN Global Compact Network UK website, including:
Open Opportunities from Members of the UN Global Compact UK Network
NEW! Smiley Charity Film Awards: The Corporate Cause Category *
The UN Global Compact Network UK are proud supporters of the Smiley Charity Film Awards. It is the largest campaign in the world to promote cause-based films, spotlighting charities tackling the most pressing issues of our time. The Corporate Cause category enables companies who put people, planet, and purpose at the heart of their business operations to submit films that promote a cause, issue, or societal agenda that advance action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last year, ASDA took home the Corporate Cause award, with the film ‘The Real Self-Checkout’, detailing its Tickled Pink initiative that supports the work of leading breast cancer charities.
The Awards are free to enter and the submission deadline for the Corporate Cause category is Wednesday 31 January 2024.
Find out more and enter here.
The Charity Film Awards will take place on Wednesday 20 March 2024, the United Nations International Day of Happiness, at The Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square, London.
*Please note this initiative is not organised by the UN Global Compact Network UK
The UN Global Compact Network UK also offers additional engagement opportunities to members, please click here to find out if your institution is a member.
PRME/Global Compact Network UK Participant Engagement Coordinator